The Manchester Fire Department will celebrate its 70 years of fighting fires Saturday with an open house and baked bean supper.

The department was formed in 1946 and currently has about 15 members, according to Chief Clarence “Bug” Cram.

Saturday’s free open house to the public at the fire station on Route 17 is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature a bounce house, kids’ games, refreshments, an anticipated appearance by Smokey Bear and 911-mascot Red E. Fox, an ambulance and ladder truck from Winthrop, firetrucks on display from towns in the Lakes Region Mutual Aid Association, fire prevention information and a display of old photos from the department’s history, according to Capt. David Worthing.

The event will happen rain or shine.

Department T-shirts will be available for purchase.

“We’re hoping people” come to the open house, Cram said. “It should be a pretty good day.”


Later Saturday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Manchester Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its baked bean supper.

The meal will include baked beans, ham or hot dogs, bread, and a variety of salads and homemade desserts.

“It’s baked beans with all the fixings,” Worthing said of the dinner. “They’ll melt in your mouth, stick to your ribs, and talk behind your back.”

The cost of the supper is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj

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